Though the shifting views on same-sex marriage had been seismic, still it was a day our Community thought it might never see arrive. The morning of June 26, 2015 was filled with apprehension and hope while we waited on a ruling from the Supreme Court about the equality of love to be made law. When it came down it was one of the most moving rulings in recent memory.
Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the Court’s majority,
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
In recognition of that historic anniversary in American history and in celebration of all the couples and families who have and will be been granted equality under its ruling theOUTfront dedicates, “Con Te Partirò” (I’ll Go with You).
(Main Photo Credit: JACQUELYN MARTIN / AP)
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